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by AgarikaJ
Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Interest in Dhamma - growing or slowing ?
Replies: 20
Views: 313

Re: Interest in Dhamma - growing or slowing ?

From what I have observed from my years in Thailand, at least in the far rural areas, there was a strong tradition of visiting temples and making merit even within the young generation. It would have been extremely rare to see young people without their little cords from the temple around the wrist;...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 90
Views: 1416

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

Translation doesn't seem to be very literal, and actually quite free. Here is my attempt to do it literally: She, having heard the dhamma, having obtained the fruit of sakadāgāmī, having been just (eva) a virgin/maiden, with a such kind of sickness/discomfort afflicted, having stopped food, having ...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 763

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

For one who has piti, the senses are stressful. For one who sukha, piti is stressful. For one who has equanimity, sukha is stressful. For one who has non-existence, equanimity is stressful. There is no more Buddha until the next one. Nibbana isn't annihilation because there is nothing to annihilate...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 90
Views: 1416

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

voluntary starvation She couldn't eat due to her depression. She wasn't trying to starve to death. It's interesting that she was a sakadagami and had depression. A modern trend found in some Buddhists is the "arahantification of sotapannas" believing sotapannas are almost on a par with arahants and...
by AgarikaJ
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 90
Views: 1416

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

afaik it is based on the story complementing the 18th verse of the Dhammapada but the voluntary starvation is afaik from the commentary to the story, probably from the Dhammapadatthakatha but i am not sure because i have not read it myself and afaik there are no translations into english. I also do...
by AgarikaJ
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 90
Views: 1416

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

Take the story of Anathapindika's daughter, attained Sakidagami stage and voluntarily starved to death because could not find a suitable husband, reborn in Can you give a reference for that? While rightviewftw is looking, I can offer you this synopsis: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/he...
by AgarikaJ
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 90
Views: 1416

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

A reason why a sotāpanna might end their life is because people don't understand the Dhamma thus they feel life has no purpose. Does this mean Buddha would have ended his life if people did not understand Dhamma? What about Metta, Karuna, and Mudita? Interestingly, the Buddha actively decided not t...
by AgarikaJ
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is special about ordination?
Replies: 32
Views: 2383

Re: What is special about ordination?

I have a friend who seems to insist that ordaining is kind of superficial and that you can live like a monk without ordaining and you would not be missing out on anything and may even have an advantage. I don't share this opinion but I don't have hard evidence on hand to refute. There are also so m...
by AgarikaJ
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should monks provide ceremonies at weddings, births, etc ?
Replies: 9
Views: 280

Re: Should monks provide ceremonies at weddings, births, etc ?

However, it is ok for a newlywed couple to invite monks for a Dana to the house. I am not sure whether both can be mixed considering the chaotic situation of a wedding ceremony. I think we should be very specific if this scenario would involve a monk mediating a marriage or simply providing a Parit...
by AgarikaJ
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Anonymous (online) Bikkhus
Replies: 30
Views: 1374

Re: Anonymous (online) Bikkhus

Can't say with a certainty, right, unless someone has psychic powers at least? :shrug: :smile: Yes, of course we do not know. But it is a fact that Māgaṇḍiya became fully enlighhtened, so must have been able to work through all Bad Kamma that has resulted from his first encounter with the Buddha.
by AgarikaJ
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Anonymous (online) Bikkhus
Replies: 30
Views: 1374

Re: Anonymous (online) Bikkhus

One accused the Buddha badly without knowing that was the Buddha. This is really interesting. Do you have a Sutta reference? I think it might be illustrative, in which way the Buddha reacted to such an accusation, instead of being hung up on somebody being adversarial. I found another Sutta, With M...
by AgarikaJ
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Anonymous (online) Bikkhus
Replies: 30
Views: 1374

Re: Anonymous (online) Bikkhus

I do not think that we can refuse giving alms individually to "unethical yellow cloth wearers"... you either give to all of them and only this gives you any merit (or to none). Everyone is free to decide but I don't support people who are there just for the sake of the belly and a cause of people l...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: craving to end existence/extermination
Replies: 17
Views: 749

Re: craving to end existence/extermination

Is your post in response to AngarikaJ? You may have misread her/his post because of a grammatical error in the beginning, it took me a few reads myself to understand. She/he is saying that no one is immune to ill health, and thus the body is important. Thank you, @budo, this was indeed what I was t...
by AgarikaJ
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Anonymous (online) Bikkhus
Replies: 30
Views: 1374

Re: Anonymous (online) Bikkhus

"In times to come there will be members of the spiritual family merely by virtue of wearing ocher cloth around their necks; but they are unethical and of bad character. People will give gifts to those unethical people in the name of the Saṅgha. Even then, I say, a teacher’s offering bestowed on the...
by AgarikaJ
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: benefits of cow urine
Replies: 18
Views: 1330

Re: benefits of cow urine

There is a quite funny moment about cow urine in Tim Ward's book 'What the Buddha never taught' ( link ): "Ruk, what's this?" I interrupted. "It says here in the Vinaya that monks are only allowed to eat medicine if it's pickled in cow urine." "Indian civilization used cow urine for many medical tre...